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"Philomela as Victim : Philomela as Monster," a talk by Daniel Armenti, PhD Candidate, UMass Amherst, Comparative Literature Department

Renaissance Wednesday

This talk considers the character of Philomela in three vernacular adaptations of Ovid's Metamorphoses from the fourteenth century. Her depiction in these texts raises questions about trauma, voice, and silence in literary representations of sexual violence.

Daniel Armenti's current interests are the intersection of literature and law, problems in representations of violence, and the reception of classical literature in the Middle Ages. He has worked as an editorial assistant with several journals, including Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures and NeMLA Italian Studies, and is the graduate research assistant for the Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project.

The talk is free of charge and open to the public.

Refreshments to follow, provided by the Amherst Woman's Club.

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